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Boyle Charles

Boyle, Charles (1676-1731), author, soldier, and statesman; second son of Roger, second Earl of Orrery. He was thrice member for Huntingdon, became Earl of Orrery in 1703, and being in favour with the queen's ministry he was made major-general, and privy councillor in 1709. He was appointed royal envoy to Brabant and Flanders, and was created Baron Marston, in the peerage of England. Under George I. he fell into disfavour with the authorities, and was twice committed to the Tower. The Orrery was named after him by its constructor Gresham. He translated Plutarch's Lysander, and an edition which he published of the Epistles of Phalaris involved him in a controversy with Bentley.